RTF® Rhizomatous Tall Fescue

Rhizomes to the Rescue
A rhizome (from Greek, meaning root-stalk) is a horizontal plant stem, most often found underground. Rhizomes are valued because they send out new roots and shoots, allowing new plants to propagate at a distance from the original plant. More than 10 years ago, Barenbrug turf scientists developed a superior tall fescue variety with rhizome-rich plants. We call it Rhizomatous Tall Fescue, or RTF.


The picture below features a RTF plant with rhizomes. 

.Barenbrug RTF has a larger root system than other grass




Self-repairing Turf

  • Quickly fills in damaged or open spots with new shoots of grass

  • High level of traffic tolerance

  • Dense turf without open areas prevents weed growth


Strong, deep root system and drought tolerance

  • Rapid development of a deep root system

  • Excellent drought and heat tolerance with less irrigation

  • Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions


Grows great in sun or shade

  • Excellent in the transition zone climate and other tall fescue turf regions

  • Will not brown out in the intense summer heat

  • One of the most shade tolerant cool season grasses


Excellent color and density

  • Has fine leaves which produce a very dense, uniform sod

  • Early spring green-up

  • Withstands stressful hot temperatures and keeps its rich green color


Excellent insect and disease resistance

  • Endophyte enhanced for improved insect, disease and drought tolerance

  • Environmentally friendly, reduces chemical and fertilizer inputs